Thursday, September 16, 2010

100th post: Admiral Hyman Rickover

This is my 100th post in nearly one year of writing for this blog. During this time, Google analytics tells me I have received 4,760 Pageviews from 3,227 visits initiated by 1,405 Visitors in 387 cities in 47 countries. I am so grateful. In some of my recent research, I came across these quotes below from an inspiring speech by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. I have added part of them to the title of my blog.

"Aristotle believed that happiness was to be found in the use of the intellect. In other words, ignorance is not bliss; it is oblivion. The inspired prayer does not petition for health, wealth, prosperity, or anything material but asks, "God, illumine my intellect." Man cannot find purpose in his life without expanding and using his intellectual qualities. By liberal learning I refer to  discerning taste, wise judgement, informed and critical perspectives that transcend specialized interests and partisan passions, the capacity to understand complexity and to grow in response to it. You don't go to Heaven if you die dumb."...
"A nation, or an individual cannot function unless the truth is available and understood. No amount of good by our leaders or the media will offset ignorance and apathy in the common citizen. Since the United States is a democracy, the broad answer is that all of us must become better informed. It is necessary to learn from other's mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself. Reading is one method of accomplishing this purpose. A house without books is like a room without windows. A parent who brings up children without surrounding them with books wrongs his family."

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